Off the Leash Podcast Episode Eight



After the surprise by-election result at Chesham and Amersham, in our eighth episode Dominic discusses whether there is still a need for HS2 and the impact of loosening housing development controls. We highlight the new Australian trade deal and the animals at the heart of it. Our first guest audio comes from Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, who puts the case for ‘cultured meat’. Charlie talks about intensive agriculture and biodiversity loss, and whether people are ready for lab meat. In Hero and Villian, we first hear from Vanessa Williams-Grey, Policy Manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), on the shameful Norwegian Minke whale sound experiments, before Charlie nominates Jane Stevenson MP as Hero of the Week for her work on glue traps and Dominic thanks First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford for shutting the door on a Welsh badger cull.  For our villains, Charlie slates the JNCC for potentially removing protection from Common Toads and Adders, and Dominic spanks Mark Zuckerberg for hunting wild boar while not doing enough to stop illegal wildlife trade on Facebook. Finally we outline our ideas for ‘Guests Off the Leash’ and thank Twitter use ‘Me’ for their supportive words on social media. 

The Guardian   Lib Dems win Chesham and Amersham byelection in stunning upset

HS2 Rebellion

The Guardian   UK-Australia trade deal: what does it mean?

Compassion in World Farming   Petition: Demand a Future Free from Factory Farming

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)   Shameful whale experiments in Norway – what we know and why they must stop (blog by Vanessa Williams-Grey)    Tell Norway’s government to stop cruel whale experiments

Email  Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg

Government backs Bill banning the use of glue traps for pest control

The War on Wildlife Project  Wales | No to Badger Culling

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Daily Mail   Mark Zuckerberg spotted on Hawaii danger hike hunting wild boar